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URI Forensic Science Seminar presents state police lieutenant on topic of ‘Forensic Video Analysis’

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 12, 2005 -- State Police Lt. Dennis Pincince will speak about “Forensic Video Analysis” as part of the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series on Friday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m.

Pincince’s talk, which will run to 5 p.m., will be held in Pastore Hall, Room 124. The program is free and open to the public.

Pincince is the supervisor of the Criminal Identification Unit at the State Police. He obtained a master's degree in forensic science from the University of New Haven in 1994. He has attended many forensic programs over the past 14 years, including the Crime and Chemistry Seminar offered by the URI Department of Chemistry in 1991 and the Criminal Investigation: Scientific Evidence course sponsored by the State Crime Laboratory at URI.

He has participated as a lecturer at URI and at Salve Regina University. Pincince is a court-qualified expert in the areas of fingerprint and footwear impression analysis. He became involved in the study of video analysis in 2000 and received training on the AVID/Ocean system, which was purchased by the State Police for the purpose of examining videotapes that might provide information about a criminal investigation.

Forensic video analysis is the scientific examination, comparison and evaluation of video in legal matters. As video recording devices and closed circuit television systems become more affordable options in the private and public sectors, there is a corresponding increase in the frequency in which they are encountered in criminal investigations. The ability to obtain detailed information from video evidence has tremendous potential to assist with investigations. In many cases video analysis can make the difference between conviction and acquittal.